Additionally, video resumes pose a risk to companies that paper resumes do not, legal risks that have caused some companies to discard all resumes that are accompanied by videos. When some companies these days black out names on resumes to avoid potential race or gender bias among those who review resumes, video resumes open employers up to potential claims of race, gender and age discrimination-even how the applicant looks in the video, in some instances, can clearly cause more problems for the applicant than they solve.
In addition to formatting assistance, these programs can also suggest proper wording or grammatical tips along the way. Say for example, you are unsure about how to list your work experience. A builder will suggest the most professional way to format dates of employment and offer examples of the right and wrong way to list job responsibilities.
Out there in the world of strict professionalism, cut-throat competition and stern probing eyes, a belief has crept with the passage of time- 'it's all about personal branding'. Blame the technological boom called Internet or the Internet prodigy called Web 2.0; today the only thing that matters is advertisement. The better you advertise your skills, the sooner you climb up the career ladder. Now does that mean job seekers have to master one more skill- the skill of personal advertising, to get the desired job? Well, yes. You can call it another demand of the changing times, but today to keep up with the rising pace of the world one needs to shed his humbleness and learn to promote his assets. Hence, your resume is just another promotional stunt. Just another, yet indispensable.
In this competitive legal market, employers are bombarded with resumes. In most cases, they do no have the time or manpower to give resumes more than a cursory two-minute glance to make an initial determination. What does this mean for your resume? The formatting on your lawyer resume should be impeccable to give the reader an immediate positive impression. You should also consider submitting a single page lawyer resume; shortening the length of your resume could give you a better chance of being read and considered.
Obsess - Don't obsess over the length of the resume but focus on the content. Also, personal pronouns like "I", 'me" should be avoided, as it might pose you as an egoistic person. Ideally, it's one or two pages that tell the person reading it about your accomplishments and indicate the value that you can bring to the company you are applying to.
While it is usually easier for job seekers to focus on what to do "right" on their resume, many tend to forget what they may be doing "wrong" with their resume. When we put on blinders about potential faults in our resumes, we can miss critical errors that make the difference between getting an interview and getting the heave-ho. In an earlier article, we discussed the yang, or must-do elements, to create an effective legal resume (See: "The Yang Of Legal Resume Writing"). Here we will be focusing on the yin of resume writing, or what not to do, when drafting a legal resume.
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